Laurel has been working as a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant since 2003. She became immediately enamored with the sport of nose work when she attended her first workshop in 2009. Laurel immediately incorporated nose work into her business as a way to provide exercise and mental stimulation to dogs of all energy levels as well as an invaluable confidence builder for anxious dogs. Since she became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2010, Laurel has taught scent detection workshops across the country and has been an instructor at K9 Nose Work Camps in Colorado and Pennsylvania. In addition to working with pet dog owners, Laurel also teaches a variety of courses, including scent detection, for the Associates and Bachelors students at Bergin University of Canine Studies.
Laurel is a Certifying Official for the National Association of Canine Scent Work and an Expert Judge for the AKC. Laurel also competes in K9 Nose Work with her own dogs. Myrtle Mae (Australian Cattle Dog rescue from Kern County Animal Control) has her Elite 3 title and has competed at two National Invitationals. Helen (Australian Cattle Dog rescue from Mexico) is competing at NW3. Edgar (little scruffy terrier rescue from LA Animal Control) earned his NW2 title before retiring from competition at the age of 13 to focus on his true passion: competition-level napping.
You can learn more about Laurel’s business on her website: www.pawsitiveresults.net.